This project presents the opportunity for a three dimensional activity, different from painting and drawing which are done on a flat surface, construction work is stimulating as students use new and recycled materials, to express ideas, to experiment, to investigate and to invent.
First, students are involved in creating a construction using pieces of timber or cardboard. To achieve their 3D constructions they have to engage in tasks that involve planning, cutting, joining and gluing the timber/cardboard together, by doing this, students learn joining techniques that enable them to make a free standing structure. Students also engage in problem solving, as they have to make decisions like: how to balance their pieces, how to create variety, how to make their pieces to stand and how to create an interesting piece by using contrasting size, textures, repetitions and ultimate colour.
Young children need to be shown these techniques step by step. When they have a good idea how to join their timber or cardboard pieces, they will then instinctively start making decisions and applying acquired knowledge, developing their projects in a creative and imaginative manner.
To learn about the processes, materials and room set up, to implement this 3D project in your classroom or at home, please subscribe to our video tutorial channel, Construction with Timber or Cardboard part 2 is also available.
Suggested Visual References:
- If focus on Architecture – Buildings and structures – the Creative Buildings of Architects: Frank Gehry and Gaudi
- If focus on fantastic People or Animals: artists like Picasso, Miro and gargoyles on old buildings.